History And Context


Beal explored the circus theme throughout his life. His son remembers his father and uncle (Reynolds Beal) following the circus around the North Shore area each year. Center Ring received critical attention when first shown in Washington in 1927.

More Works by Gifford Beal In the Collection


Seven figures seen from behind
Gifford Beal
ca. 1910-ca. 1920
Nine figures seen from behind
Gifford Beal
ca. 1910-ca. 1920


Possible sailor seen from side
Gifford Beal
ca. 1910-ca. 1920
Four adults and child seen from behind
Gifford Beal
ca. 1910-ca. 1920